Domino Sugar Donates Locomotive ‘Sweet Toot’ to B&O Railroad Museum

| October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Domino Sugar press release: 

After nearly three decades moving railcars at the Domino Sugar Baltimore Refinery, the facility’s 1950 Plymouth locomotive, “Sweet Toot,” will be moving to its new home at the B&O Railroad Museum.

Donated by American Sugar Refining, Inc., the owner of the Domino Sugar refinery, the engine will be delivered in-kind by CSX Corporation and continue to operate, occasionally moving the museum’s collection of locomotives and rolling stock.

“Sweet Toot” has been a fixture at the Domino Sugar Baltimore Refinery since 1992, working every day to pull empty railcars from the siding to be loaded with granulated or liquid sugar and then positioning the full railcars for pickup and delivery to customers by CSX.  In 2016, the engine received mechanical upgrades and a new coat of paint.  A naming contest at the time brought more than 700 responses, including the winning entry, “Sweet Toot.”  Domino Sugar ships approximately 1,100 railcars each year from the refinery, now in its 98th year of operation.

“The engine has served the company well for years, but given the daily demands of moving heavy railcars at our facility, we needed to switch to a stronger engine that also has lower emissions and better fuel economy,” said Rich Baker, Vice President of Corporate Engineering, ASR Group.  “We’ll miss her but are delighted that the B&O Railroad Museum will be able to preserve her and put her to good use for years to come.”

“Sweet Toot” will arrive at the B&O Railroad Museum at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22.

“We are excited to acquire not only an authentic piece of Baltimore railroad history but a working engine that we can use at the museum,” said Kris Hoellen, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum. “Sweet Toot will have a good home at the B&O.”

CSX Corporation will pull the engine from the Domino Sugar Baltimore Refinery, located five rail miles away.

“This is a fun move for us,” said Eric Hendrickson, Director of Network Planning, CSX, and a board member of the B&O Railroad Museum. “We’re proud to be a significant sponsor of the B&O Railroad Museum and happy to deliver this engine, which honors the past but also represents the present and future of Baltimore industry and rail transportation.”

Photo courtesy of Domino Sugar

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